Fur your Mewsing – Inside the cat show

14 Apr

As previously reported the 42nd Annual Bluenose Cat Club Cat show recently took place. Naturally we had to go to see what the fuss was about. So along with our lovely friend Ben ( Of No Ordinary Roller coaster fame) we went boldly where (we think) no local bloggers have gone before.

Every preconceived notion of what to expect at a cat show was true and then some. Even days after the event we are having a hard time wrapping our heads around what we witnessed. Bald cats, awesome cats, leopard cats, cat outfits that not even your most cutting edge Northern Getaway outfitter could not have imagined. This was hands down the best 5 bucks we’ve spent in a while.

The show was held in a large room with show rings lining the outer walls, and rows of various cats in the middle of the room. Each cat was accompanied with their owners who ranged from little kids to 42 year cat show veterans.

As we walked through the various isles filled with cats we attempted to make contact with some owners. Little did we know our NYC Cat Judge inspired outfits did not bode well with attendants. We stuck out like sore thumbs and just like the siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp we were snubbed. Did we want to talk to the lady with the wicked cool Abbysinian cat with an amazing show cage? Of course we did. But alas, she wanted nothing to do with us.

We figured it was best to take a lap, see what was what and then settle into a judging ring to learn the inner workings of this world.

Fiercely real plus size model. I can has cheezeburger?

Cat judge shows off the beautiful Abyssinian.

Eventually we cornered international cat judge Ron Summers. Ron – who oddly enough is allergic to cats – has been judging cat shows for over 20 years and came from Indiana to judge this particular event. We had a lot of questions for Ron and thankfully he took us under his wing and taught us a thing or two to prevent further embarassment at future cat shows.

Ron Summers - International cat show judge

We mentioned our “orange tabby” Freddie to Ron to break the ice. He looked at us as if we had showed up late for a go-see on America’s Next Top Model and said “No…..no..those don’t exist. I think you mean red. You have a red and cream tabby. And by the way there are no such thing as grey cats. Only blue.” Well now we know.

Rons love for judging cats inspired me to take a look into the rules and regulations and what exactly makes for a great looking cat. I think we owe it to our readers to take a harsh look at our very own Freddie and see just how he would match up against the most fierce competition.

Because Freddie is an adopted cat we had to do some preliminary research on what kind of cat he is. After much investigation we came to learn Freddie is a Siberian Red Tabby.

We judged Freddie based on the following CFA categories:
*Please click photos below to enlarge*

Head

Shape – 15 points
Profile – 3 points
Ears – 5 points
Eyes – 5 points
Chin – 4 points
Muzzle – 10 points
Neck – 3 points


Freddie’s Total: 45 / 45

Body

Torso – 10 points
Legs – 5 points
Feet – 3 points
Tail – 5 points

Freddie’s Total: 20 / 23 (Deductions for length of tail.)

Coat

Length – 5 points
Texture – 5 points
Pattern – 5 points
Colour – 5 points

Freddie’s Total: 20 / 20

Temperament
No score but pleasant cats win hearts.

Freddie’s score: Winning 100% of hearts since 2010.

Freddie’s overall score: 85 / 88

Unfortunately genetics have dealt Freddie an unlucky card costing him any chance of winning Top Siberian Cat at the 43rd Annual Bluenose Cat Club Cat Show. In this category Freddie would be….disqualified. For what you ask? EXTRA THUMBS. Freddie’s winning assets actually cost him elimination in our mock judging. Lucky for him he can enter in the domestic house cat category and likely crush the competition.

Needless to say the 42nd Annual Bluenose Cat Club Cat Show was quite the experience. We had our eyes opened to world we only thought existed. And beyond the lack of cat fashion show, we give this cat show 0 thumbs up. Because if we gave it two we’d be disqualified.

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6 Responses to “Fur your Mewsing – Inside the cat show”

  1. Ben April 14, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    You KNOW we’re taking Freddie next year. Now that we know the ropes, our fleece cat-print coats will surely get us on the inside track for 2012.

  2. Kim April 14, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I went to a cat show at the Forum in October bc I was really curious what these things were all about (plus, I love anything cat-related) and I was shocked at how serious people are about their cats! Wow, some of them were just beautiful. Bc it was on Halloween day they had a cat costume contest, which was hilarious but pitiful at the same time. Many of the cats looked like they were going to murder their owners once they got home. For the record, I think Freddie is a beautiful cat!!

    • This Needs to Stop April 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      Thank you Kim!! We adopted him from the Metro SPCA in July and he’s been the bee’s knees.

  3. Amy April 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Freddie will always be a champion in our hearts. An INTERNATIONAL champion, thumbs and all.

  4. Hairless Cat Lady April 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Hey!
    I stumbled across your blog and wanted to say – love it! I hope I was semi approachable! I remember my very first time at a cat show and it was people giving me the stink eye while chomping on pizza beside their frowning cat. From that day on I swore I wouldn’t be a stink eye owner and try to interact with the people. It’s the people who make it all worth wild 🙂 I love letting people pet the kitties cause they may have never touched a hairless cat before.

    I hope you don’t mind me asking but do you have any extra photos from the show? I had several peeps take pictures of the furless babies and there was mention they would be online but no such luck!

    Kind regards,
    Hairless Cat Lady

    • This Needs to Stop April 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed the post! I remember exactly who you were and sadly we weren’t able to get close enough to chat with you or take pictures of your cats. They were a pretty hot commodity! But it was awesome that you took the time to chat with the visitors to the show.

      We had never seen hairless cats or a lot of the other breeds there up close and personal before so we would’ve loved the chance to get more information.

      But next year hopefully we will come with Freddie and mix things up a bit 🙂

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